Taste of Table 301
Last Wednesday, Table 301 hosted their 2nd Annual Taste of Table 301 at The Lazy Goat. Just $35 (THIRTY-FIVE DOLLARS), gained you entry into the delicious world of Table 301. So, of course, I was in! And I brought along my favorite tasting buddy, Mama Eats.
Table 301 is more than just a group of restaurants - they are people who know and love food and restaurants dedicated to awesome service and kick-ass food. Now those are my kind of people!
I've frequented a few of Table 301's restaurants since moving back home to Greenville but I was particularly excited to see what else they have to offer. And my goodness, y'all, they have IT ALL.
Back to the event. Table 301 had an impressive spread with not only entree and dessert items but also drinks from each of their restaurants. (Mama Eats was super pumped about that part!)
Here's a run-down of the dishes and my personal faves*:
Snapper Ceviche - This ceviche was my first bite of the night and was so fresh and delicious. I'm a big ceviche fan, and this was one of the best I've had.
Albarino Wine - They also had this amazing wine that my mom made me tell you guys about because she liked it so much. I also had to take a picture of the bottle so she could remember it. Mom's are SOOOOO embarrassing...right ;)
Southern Pressed Juicery:
Southern Cauli Roll - If Chef Xavier hadn't told me first, I would never have guessed this roll had no rice in it. Made with nori, cauliflower "rice", cucumber, red bell pepper, avocado, red beets, carrot and tamari, this roll was both satisfying and guilt-free.
"Doughnuts" - These aren't your typical doughnuts, because Southern Pressed is all about that clean eating thing. But these little gluten-free, rolled oat doughnuts with cashews, dates, Himalayan pink salt, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla were so cute and a guilt-free treat. No, it's not Krispy Kreme level sinful, but it will make you feel less guilty about that burger you ate for lunch... just sayin'.
Rigatoni - I was super excited to try what Jianna, Table 301's newest restaurant opening next year, had to offer. Their rigatoni with smoked bacon and tomato was wonderful and cheesy. I mean look at that shaved Parmesan. Drool! They also were shaving fresh prosciutto at their station. Definitely ate that too quickly to get a picture, but trust me when I say it's heavenly, melt in you mouth, meat candy.
Deviled Eggs - I'm Southern, so therefore, I'm a big fan of deviled eggs. These were simply delicious - great consistency and just the right amount of spice.
Sticky Toffee Date Pudding* - Oh.My.God. This was the best dessert from the event, hands down. The Rye Whiskey Toffee Sauce and Chantilly Cream were just decadent. I should have been stingy and not shared this with my mom. Damn you, manners.
Abe Lincoln Manhattan - Given that this was on a Wednesday, I didn't indulge in too many of the drink options because, work responsibilities. Meh. But my mom had 2 of these. TWO. Buffalo Trace Bourbon, dry vermouth, AppleJack and Orange Bitters. Definitely ordering this bad boy next time I'm at Crafted. (no picture because Mama Eats drank them too fast!)
Cervena Venison* - This was one of my favorite dishes at the event. Along with the venison were country ham, roasted Brussels Sprouts, a fall squash puree and an amazing Huckleberry jus. Seriously mouth-watering. Soby's killed it with this dish.
Table 301 Catering:
Braised Pork Belly - Now, I'm gonna say something controversial here: I'm not a huge fan of pork belly. I KNOW! I'm the WORST, seriously. I've had some good pork belly and a lot of way too fatty pork belly, so I'm usually skeptical about it. But this dish was done so well, I might be converted. Along with the pork belly was an absolutely delicious parsnip risotto, butternut bisque (which I seriously couldn't get enough of), and these adorable beet micro greens. And yes, I find micro greens adorable.
Marinated Duck Breast - This duck dish was just beautiful. It sat on top of perfect roasted fingerling potatoes, which sat on top of a delicious arugula pesto. And to top off the dish, some pretty fried sweet potato curls. I mean, look at it. Gorgeous plating.
Pan Seared Duck* - This was my favorite dish of the night. It came with a winter squash and Carolina plantation rice gratin that was so crispy and delicious, I am testing out my own take on it in my kitchen. It was topped with garlicky local greens and this DECADENT pomegranate gastrique. This stuff was mind blowing. I had to keep my composure because I was in public, but I really wanted to lick the plate.
Brown Butter Sweet Potato Gateau - This beautiful and rich cake was topped with cinnamon red hot apples and pecan brickle. At this point, I was slowing down due to food fatigue, so my mom and I split this. We both agreed this was one of the more inventive desserts of the evening.
The Lazy Goat:
Squid Ink Radiatore* - This dish rivaled Passerelle's duck dish as my other favorite of the evening. I actually had to convince a lady not to be scared of this dish - she wasn't a fan of fish. But no worries for those of you who aren't about that seafood life, squid ink pasta is not fishy at all. The ink is used to color and add an extra dimension of flavor to the pasta. And this dish did not lack in flavor. With house-made sausage (that was to die for), shishito peppers local tomatoes, mushroom cream and Parmesan, this pasta was a winner. I may or may not have had 2 servings...I had 2 servings. No regrets.
Chocolate Terrine - For dessert, The Lazy Goat offered a rich chocolate terrine with hazelnut cream, fresh raspberries and mint. Simple, elegant, satisfying.
I left, practically rolling myself home, full and satisfied, but also so excited for Table 301 and Greenville in general. Our food scene is blowing up. And coming from living in the food mecca of New York City for five years, I couldn't be more excited for where Greenville is headed.
So if you're looking for some wonderful dining options in downtown Greenville and don't know where to start, my recommendation is a Table 301 restaurant. You can't go wrong!
P.S. If you happened to catch me on Facebook live at the event with my new buddy, Myra Ruiz, please pardon my appearance. I wasn't camera ready but had so much fun talking everything food with her!